Pretty eventful day, all in all, for the new Mayor of Atlanta. First, he came out against a proposed road tunnel under east Atlanta. Then, he reorganized the higher echelons of the Atlanta Police Department (interesting moves).
Finally, he announced the creation of an “economic development czar” post in his administration.
Reed said he wants to be able to help businesses solve their problems more quickly, noting that New York City has an official who specializes in attracting and keeping businesses.
Following in the footsteps of his plans to appoint a “Pension Czar,” I’m curious what Mayor Reed needs an “economic development czar” for (other than to draw a no doubt six-figure salary)? Didn’t he campaign on what needs to be done for economic development? Doesn’t he know what needs to be done? And isn’t it really more the role of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to develop strategies to recruit business to Fulton County?
(Answers: He doesn’t., Yes., We were told he did., Yes.)
If Mayor Reed is not aware of what needs to be done to help small business, I offer my services at half the salary of the “economic development czar” and will, in good faith, convey the results of my survey.
1. Less taxes
2. Less crime
3. Better basic services
I’ll be by City Hall later today to collect my paycheck.